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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

The September Quiz: Six Degrees of Separation with a Forbidden Twist


We did our first Six Degrees of Separation Quiz for the December 2017/January 2018 after my son Christian gave me the idea for this quiz. He was listening to a podcast and the hosts were playing 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon. After exhausting our vast knowledge of Kevin Bacon films, we spent part of the evening connecting other actors to one another through movies and their co-stars.

If you’ve never played before, the game is based on the theory that any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart. For this quiz, actors and authors of banned books have to be connected to other actors or authors through movies, other actors and authors, and banned books.

Here is an example:

Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry

Oprah Winfrey was the executive producer of the television movie Their Eyes were Watching God based on the book by the same name written by Zora Neale Hurston which starred Halle Berry.

[Their Eyes were Watching God was challenged for language and sexual explicitness]

The answers will be posted at the end of this issue in Next Month in This Awful Awesome Life (October 2018),

It’s possible you may have different answers, as long as the connections include banned books and authors who have been banned and you get there in six or less moves.

Have fun!

JK Rowling - Logan Lerman

William Styron - Stephen King

Danny Glover - E.B. White

Liv Tyler - DH Lawrence

Zac Efron - Dav Pilkey

Jack Black -James Baldwin


Photo Credits:

J.K. Rowling English: J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at the Easter Egg Roll at White House. 5 April 2010, 13:49:24. Source: Flickr: 100405_EasterEggRoll_683.  Author: Daniel Ogren. 6 Sept. 2018.

Logan Lerman at the world premiere of the movie Fury at the Newseum in Washington D.C. (Department of Defense photo by Marvin Lynchard). 15 October 2014, 17:29. Source: 141015-D-FW736-076. Author DoD News Features. Accessed 5 Sept.2018.

William Styron. William Clark Styron, Jr. (June 11, 1925 – November 1, 2006), American novelist and essayist.  Fair use Photo. Author unknown. Wikipedia, Accessed 7 Sept. 2018.

Stephen King photo:

By Pinguino Kolb - "Pinguino's" flickr account, CC BY 2.0,

Danny Glover speaks at a March for Immigrants Rights in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. 24 March 2007. Author  User w:en:Bllsmb on en.wikipedia. Accessed 5 Sept.2018.

E.B. White: A family photograph of E. B. White, cropped from a photo of him and his wife. Unknown date. Source: White Literary LLC. Author Unknown. Accessed 5 Sept.2018.

Liv Tyler at the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King premiere in 2003 in Berlin, Germany. Uploaded January 31, 2008. Source:  lichtmaedel2 at Accessed 5 Sept.2018.

DH Lawrence photo- public domain

Zac Efron at the Cannes film festival, 2012. Wikipedia. Author Georges Biard. Accessed 5 Sept.2018.

Dav Pilkey reading at National Book Festival, 30 August 2014, 11:23:49. Wikipedia. Author Slowking4. Accessed 5 Sept.2018.

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James Baldwin - Public Domain photo




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